2017 Biennial Conference

Against the Grain: Conflict Resolution in Challenging Times


Friday, September 8


9:00am to 5:00pm


Conference Center at Waltham Woods

860 Winter Street

Waltham, MA 02451


Click here for registration


Members - $160

Members (early bird) - $135

Non-members - $210

Non-members (early bird) - $185

Presenters - Free

Students - $60

Volunteers - $75

Perhaps the marquee event at NEACR, the Biennial Regional Conference has been attracting hundreds of conflict resolution practitioners over the past several years. Not only is the event well known for featuring a highly acclaimed key note speaker, it has become notorious for the plethora of workshops run by local practitioners, as well as networking opportunities for its attendees.

The 2017 NEACR Biennial Conference carries the theme, "Against the Grain: Conflict Resolution In Challenging Times" and will proudly feature key note speaker Professor Lawrence Susskind, one of the founders of both the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Consensus Building Institute. He will be leading a discussion on the theme Consensus Building in the Age of Trump: Strategies for the ADR Field. Professor Susskind’s argument is that it is actually easier to facilitate useful and productive conversations in more contentious times. ADR professionals should be clear though about the value we can add. Our goal should not be to change people. Instead, we should offer problem-solving assistance — even in the face of harsh disagreement. And, we must be absolutely diligent about maintaining our neutrality (no matter how strongly we feel about a particular subject). 

Joining our keynote speaker will be a stellar roster of presenters and workshops. This year's lineup features a jam packed day of theory, discussion and conflict resolution excitement. Click here to view the complete agenda with individual workshop titles, descriptions and presenters. An abbreviated schedule of events:

9:00am to 9:30am - REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

9:30am to 11:00am - SESSION 1

11:00am to 11:15 - BREAK

11:15am to 12:45pm - KEYNOTE

12:45pm to 1:45pm - LUNCH & NETWORKING

1:45pm to 3:15pm - SESSION 2

3:15pm to 3:30pm - BREAK

3:30pm to 4:30pm - SESSION 3

Please note that each of the three sessions listed in the agenda above will feature different tracks:

  • Resilience: Community and Co-existence
  • Invention: Meeting Families Where They Are
  • Leadership: Responsive Mediation Practice

Check back soon for the list of presenters and workshop titles. And in the time being, click here to read more about the themes, keynote presentations, workshops and presenters featured at NEACR Biennial Conferences past.

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